Lord Cowdray is abandoning organic agriculture on more than 2,000 acres of his estate’s farmland in a move which will cost thousands of pounds a year in lost government subsidy.
The viscount says the organic method is too restrictive in what it allows farmers to do, and consumers are now more interested in food which is locally produced, rather than organic.
Cowdray Estate’s home farms are in the process of switching to the less rigid framework offered by regenerative agriculture, a holistic method being promoted by his eldest daughter, Eliza.
“It may take a generation to achieve but I am convinced it is worth it as the improvement in soil fertility will produce a stronger plant and greater yield,” Lord Cowdray said.
For full story see Midhurst and Petworth Observer March 1